Marches Alumni

Alumni Network

We are always delighted to hear from past pupils and learn of their experiences and life adventures since they left school.

We are now working in partnership with a charity called ‘Future First’ to keep in touch with all our leavers and to reconnect with our former students who have left over the years.

Through the development of an active alumni database, the school is aiming to coordinate a range of events and activities, including inviting past pupils back to the school to share their experiences with current students.

Where are they now……..?

Below are a few profiles that past pupils have submitted about themselves, telling us what they are up to now and offering any advice they might have for current and prospective students looking to pursue a similar career.

Jack Morris

“I was deputy head boy of The Marches and left the school in 2005. After going to Sixth Form College, I moved onto the University of Sunderland where I received an undergraduate degree in Film and Media Studies and a Masters degree in Film and Cultural Studies. I am now living just outside of Palma de Mallorca in Spain”.

Ted Richards

“I left Oswestry Secondary Modern Boys School (now The Marches School) in 1953, having joined in 1951 from Whittington C of E school. I then went on to Oswestry Technical Institute Secondary Technical School which I left in 1956 to join the General Electric Company at Witton, Birmingham as a drawing office apprentice. During the next 5 years I spent some 2 years on the shop floor followed by 3 years in the rotating plant drawing office. I qualified as a draughtsman in August 1961 and was involved in the design and manufacture of large rotating electrical generators up to 500mw. I moved on to being chief cost control engineer in 1974 and then moved to become industrial relations officer in 1975. I was appointed personnel manager in 1976 and continued in that role until I was made redundant in 1997. During the period 1956 to 1997 I enjoyed continuous employment through a number of mergers from GEC/C A Parsons/NEI and finally Rolls Royce. From the early 1980s through to 1997 I spent most of my time in the rationalisation of the engineering industry with the closure of many plants and units.

Outside of work I became involved in the local community with amateur dramatics, youth clubs, cricket and local politics. I was elected as a member of Castle Bromwich Parish Council in 1970 until I stood down in 1991 having been Chairman on two occasions. I was elected to the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in 1984 and am currently the Cabinet Member for Transport Highways. I have served in various capacities including Chairman of the housing committee from 1992 to 1996 and Leader of the Council from 2000 to 2007. I have also served on a number of regional and national bodies. I was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2008 for services to local government and the community of Solihull.

Going back to my time in Oswestry, I was one of the founder cadets of the Air Training Corps 1165 Oswestry Squadron formed in 1954.

My advice to current students is decide what you want and go for it; don’t be put off and always have a respect for those around you. Nothing is impossible but take every opportunity to improve yourselves by maximising every opportunity you are presented with”.

Jonathon Morris

“I am a former student of the Marches School (1994-1999). I have recently arrived in Japan  to live and work on the Japan Exchange Teacher Programme, a Japanese government initiative to promote grass roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. I am based in the region of Akita, northern Japan”.

Alex Cookson

“I left the Marches in July 2007 and continued with my education at college. I then studied at the University of Southampton and I have recently graduated with a first class honours MSci degree.

I am now working as a Geologist at Leni Gas and Oil (LGO). I work on a range of data such as seismic lines, well logs, borehole cores, geological maps, literature etc., and use them to interpret the surface geology of an exploration area. From my interpretation and knowledge of the petroleum system I look for areas of hydrocarbon potential. If economical, exploration wells are drilled in these areas and any economical hydrocarbon reservoirs are put into production. My company manages both the exploration and production of a prospect, which means I am involved in the full cycle of the petroleum industry.

With regards to advice for students looking at pursuing a similar career, I would recommend studying A Level Geology (however it is not a prerequisite at most Universities) and the MSci Geology course at the University of Southampton. For going into the industry, Southampton is a better choice than Oxbridge, which is more geared for those wanting to persue a career in academia.

As for the Marches, I couldn’t have got where I am now without my GCSEs. Also extra-curricular activities, like music, which I started whilst at the Marches look great on a CV and make you stand out against applicants for any role”.

Robert Manning LL.B (Hons). LL.M

I left the Marches school in 2005 with 11 GCSEs grade A*-B after which time I went on to attain four A Levels (grades A,A,A,B) from Walford and North Shropshire College. I then went on to become a Bachelor of Laws, then a Master of Laws in Corporate Governance at the University of Manchester. In 2012 I moved to London to start a career as a Management Consultant with EY (one of the largest corporate services firms in the world) where I specialise in advising Government and Public Sector organisations across the country. After a year in London I moved back to Manchester where I continue to work for EY. Outside of work I volunteers as a senior political activist with a major UK political party.

My advice to current students would be to remain flexible and maintain an open mind about what career you might want to pursue. Working hard across the board is the best way to find the career best suited to you. Your school years are vital to ensuring that you have every opportunity open to you later to pursue your passions so make sure you use them wisely. I also strongly advise participating in extra-curricular activities as a way of developing new skills and making you more rounded as a person. Employers like people to be diverse and to show passion as well as good academic attainment”.

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